Sometimes, we Christians can be very arrogant because we believe we automatically have Jesus. We equate our “Christianity” with the Truth of Jesus. Jesus was not a “Christian” and I believe that our being arrogant is a major stumbling block for many people looking for the Answer.
Within the practice of Christianity are the differing cultures of the peoples who practice it, and different people have different cultural expressions. The danger in my opinion is when a certain group of folks believe that their way of practicing Christianity is superior to another group’s way of practicing it. Oftentimes in the Western world, we believe that our way is the only way! We forget that our way is not even the way the people of the Bible times practiced Christianity. For one thing, they didn’t have the King James version of the Bible, which many Americans feel is the undiluted voice of God speaking directly to us! God predates the King James Bible, people!
Anyway, in truth, many demonic things are happening right in the Christian church, (as well as other churches). This is not condemnation, but an acknowledgement of the truth. The devil and his cohorts roam this earth seeking whom they will destroy at all times, and without the power of Jesus, we have no defense against them. That is why seeking Jesus is of paramount importance. One must humble himself or herself in order to come to Him. One must become His disciple and it’s a life long journey. And it’s a beautiful journey that gets more beautiful the longer one remains on the road!
Because we are “Christians” does not automatically make us disciples of Jesus. We have to “take His yoke” upon ourselves and “learn of Him, for He is meek and lowly in heart”! How foolish, then, to believe that because we “do church”, we have God and then can condemn those who we deem don’t.
After all, Jesus is not just for the Christian. He’s for the Atheist, the Agnostic, the Muslim, the Buddhist, the Jew, and any other person of any other “religion” who chooses Him over their religion and then humbles themselves before Him and seeks after Him with their whole hearts, minds, souls. And that includes Christians too!
(originally published 8/2009)